Travellers Ease

Names like this usually mean that there was a belief that putting a leaf in the shoe would help a traveller in some way. SILVERWEED is an example with this name. Putting a sprig of the herb inside each shoe will prevent blisters when walking long distances (Freethy). Then there is TANSY, which is called Traveller's Rest in Wiltshire, and there must have been a belief at one time that putting the leaves inside a boot would stop tiredness on a journey, but the only belief that has come down is from New Forest gypsies, who put a sprig of tansy inside the boot to prevent the onset of ague. GOOSE-GRASS is called Traveller's Comfort sometimes, perhaps because it was traditionally used to soothe wounds and ulcers.

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